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Creep (Radiohead) | Sounds Like | The Air That I Breathe (The Hollies)

Creep by Radiohead The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies

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Can't Sleep Love (Pentatonix) | Sounds Like | Love Will Conquer All (Lionel Richie)

Can't Sleep Love by Pentatonix Love Will Conquer All by Lionel Ritchie

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Pentatonix's Can't Sleep Love (released September 4, 2015, as the lead single from their fourth studio album), seems to borrow it groove, tempo, and progression from Lionel Richie's Pop/Soul classic Love Will Conquer All (released July 15, 1986). While the songs are in keys a whole step apart (CSL in G, and LWCA in F), Can't Sleep Love hews closely to Love Will Conquer All's progression (CSL simply substitutes a two minor seventh chord for Richie's four major seventh). In addition, the vocal melody to Can't Sleep Love's later verses (around 1:35, beginning with the line "Kissing in the moonlight") echo Shaggy's Boombastic (:23) (released June 5, 1995).

Can't Sleep Love (:25) VS Love Will Conquer All (:59)

Can't Sleep Love
Key: G
Chord Progression:
Amin7, D7, Gmaj7 (ii7-V7-IM7)

Love Will Conquer All
Key: F
Chord Progression:
Bbmaj7, C7, Fmaj7 (IVM7-V7-IM7)
A7sus4, A7, Dmaj7 (V7sus4/vi, V7/vi, VIM7)



I and Love and You (The Avett Brothers) | Sounds Like | Ballad of the Green Berets (Barry Sadler)

i and love and you by avett brothers ballad of the green berets by staff sergeant barry sadler

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Except for the Avett Bros.' sappy lyrics vs. Barry Sadler's sappy lyrics, these are the same song.



Be Alright (Ariana Grande) | Sounds Like | Rather Be (Clean Bandit)

Be Alright by Ariana Grande Rather Be by Clean Bandit

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Ariana Grande's Be Alright (released March 18, 2016), from her third studio album, bears a close resemblance to Rather Be (released January 17, 2014) by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne. In particular, Be Alright uses the same staccato rhythm for the keyborad part and emphasizes the minor sixth and four major seventh chords a la Rather Be's progression.

Be Alright (:00) VS Rather Be (:24)

Be Alright
Key: E/C#min
Chord Progression:
C#min, Amaj7, (vi-IVM7)
G#7, C#min (V7/vi-vi)
C#7, F#min9 (V7/iii9)
G#7, C#min (V7/vi-vi)

Rather Be
Key: B/G#min
Chord Progression:
G#min, F# (vi-V)
Emaj7, B (IVM7-I)



Whatever Gets You thru the Night (John Lennon) | Sounds Like | Shame Shame Shame (Shirley and Company)

Whatever Gets You thru the Night by John Lennon Shame Shame Shame by Shirley and Company

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Both songs were released in 1974, and likely owe a debt to George McCrae's preceding disco hit Rock Your Baby (released in May 1974, and written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band), which in turn owes a debt to Betty Wright's Clean Up Woman (released November 1971). Billy Joel's Keeping The Faith (released 1984) also strongly echoes Clean Up Woman.

Whatever Gets You thru the Night (:00) VS Shame Shame Shame (2:00)

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George McCrae's Rock Your Baby (2:20)

Betty Wright's Clean Up Woman (:00)

Billy Joel's Keeping The Faith (1:16)



The Long Run (Eagles) | Sounds Like | Trying to Live My Life Without You (Otis Clay)

The Long Run by Eagles Trying to Live My Life Without You by Otis Clay

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The Eagles have maintained that their hit The Long Run (released November 27, 1979, and the title track of their 1979 album) is a tribute to the Stax/Memphis R&B sound. However, one listen to Otis Clay's track Trying to Live My Life Without You (released 1972) and one tends to agree with rock critic Dave Marsh's assessment from his book, The Heart of Rock & Soul:

Having done my share of railing against the idea that white rock and roll is just a rip-off of rhythm and blues, it would be foolish not to acknowledge one of the most outrageous examples in which it was. In 1979, the Eagles took "Trying to Live My Life Without You" Top Ten as a song they "wrote," "The Long Run," the title song of their final multiplatinum LP.

Similarities include: chord progression (while in different keys--TLR in C and TtLMLWY in Eb--both songs follow a I-IV-I-IV-vi-V-I pattern), bass line, drum pattern (Henley even copies the Motown snare on all fours over the pre-chorus), lyrics (TLR: "I used to hurry a lot, I used to worry a lot"; TtLMLWY: "I used to smoke five packs of cigarettes a day"), pre-chorus vocal melody, and production/arrangment (Walsh's deft slide guitar substituted for the Memphis horns, same fat snare sound).

The Long Run (:00) VS Trying To Live My Life Without You (:00)



Cheerleader (OMI) | Sounds Like | Only Tongue Can Tell (The Trash Can Sinatras)

Cheerleader by OMI Only Tongue Can Tell by The Trash Can Sinatras

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The chorus to Jamaican singer OMI's hit Cheerleader (originally released in 2012; remix released May 19, 2014) is reminiscent of the chorus to Scottish alternative band The Trash Can Sinatra's tune Only Tongue Can Tell (released 1990). Similarities includes: key (both in E major), tempo/groove, chord progression (variations on a simple I-IV-V), and vocal melody. Cheerleader has also been compared to Paul Simon's hit You Can Call Me Al (released September 5, 1986).

Cheerleader (:49) VS Only Tongue Can Tell (:35)

Cheerleader
Key: E
Chord Progression (Chorus):
E, A, B, A (I-IV-V-IV)


Only Tongue Can Tell
Key: E
Chord Progression (Chorus):
E, A, E, A, B (I-IV-I-IV-V)


You Can Call Me Al
Key: F
Chord Progression (Chorus):
F, C, Bb, C (I-V-IV-V)



All The Pretty Girls (Kaleo) | Sounds Like | Riptide (Vance Joy)

All The Pretty Girls by Kaleo Riptide by Vance Joy

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Icelandic band Kaleo's song All The Pretty Girls (released January 20, 2015) is reminiscent of the Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy's Riptide (released May 21, 2013). Similarities include: chord progression (both songs are in the key of C# and follow a vi-V-I progression), voice characteristics (similar male tenor/falsetto timbres), melody (ATPG's lead guitar melody and Riptide's verse vocal melody).

All The Pretty Girls (1:16) VS Riptide (:39)



Emotion (Mariah Carey) | Sounds Like | Best of My Love (The Emotions)

Emotion by Mariah Carey Best of My Love by The Emotions

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Same progression, same feel, same groove. Mariah's song title is even the name of the other group!

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